What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team?
The year is 2019 and it is the eve of the Referendum. British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to Remain. With the threat of chaos in the streets, and personal conflict behind the scenes, the final debate is set to begin at BBC Dublin: Should Ireland leave the UK?
The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney is the chosen play from Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland initative. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Fishamble set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND. This was a two-year process, in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre, which encouraged writers to create ambitious plays that burst with humanity.
‘A Play for Ireland [is] the fruit of Fishamble’s provocation to playwrights to dream bigger. The production will premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival. Ireland had better be ready for it.’ Peter Crawley, Irish Times
Cast: Karen Ardiff, Lorcan Cranitch, Maeve Fitzgerald, Fionntan Larney, Rory Nolan, Rachel O’Byrne and Arthur Riordan.
Duration: Approx 2 hours
Age restrictions: 14+ with strong language, and depictions of violence.
Written by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
Director Jim Culleton
Set Designer Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer Mark Galione
Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Costume Designer Saileóg O’Halloran
AV Designer Oisín Kearney
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Production Managers Marie Tierney & Sarah Keane
Producer Eva Scanlan
Fishamble's A Play For Ireland programme is supported by Tesco Finest, and transportation partner Irish Rail. This production is funded by The Arts Council.